DECATUR – State Representative Sue Scherer (D-Decatur) sponsors legislation to end the statute of limitations involving sex crimes against minors under 18.
Scherer says, “These young victims have to carry these experiences with them the rest of their life, so we must fight to protect our children and ensure justice on their behalf by doing away with limitations on prosecuting offenders.”
Rep. Scherer sponsored three pieces of legislation this past session with that in mind. She co-sponsored House Bills 1127, 1128, and 1129 to remove the limitations that prevent law enforcement from prosecuting child sex predators after a certain amount of time has passed. These crimes include criminal sexual assault, aggravated child pornography, and the solicitation of a child to commit sexual acts.
Right now, crimes related to child pornography and sexual misconduct with a minor requires prosecution within 1 to 3 years of the offense.